Booking the correct vehicle

Vehicle Definitions & Dimensions

It’s important to select the correct vehicle type when making your booking with Condor Ferries. This information ensures that we are able to make your journey as safe, punctual and comfortable as possible.

You’ll need to declare your vehicle as one of the following (measurement must include any roof load):

Car 1 Car 2 Car 3 Car 4
Standard Car
Up to 1.85m high
Standard Car + Roof load
Up to 2.25m high
Large Car
Up to 2.25m high
Large Car + Roof load
Over 2.25m high

Van 1 Van 2 Van 3
Motor home or Minibus
Up to 6.5m Long
Up to 2.25m high
High Van
Over 2.25m high


  • Up to 1.85m high
  • Up to 2.25m high
  • Over 2.25m high


Condor Ferries standard car length accommodates vehicles up to 4.6m in length.

If you wish to book a vehicle plus trailer including caravans, boat and car trailers, motor homes or any vehicle with a trailer where the combined length of the vehicle from the bonnet to the end of the trailer exceeds 6.5m long you should contact 0845 609 1024 to make your booking.


Please note, the maximum laden vehicle weight to 3.5 tonnes (equivalent to 2 tonnes axle weight) for our Fast Ferry services. Any vehicle exceeding this will be refused to board.

If you travel in a vehicle with different dimensions to those on your booking form, you will be liable to an excess charge at the port of departure, and may be refused carriage.

Commercial Vehicles, Vans & Goods

Vans Heights

The fares quoted online are valid only for standard vehicles or camping/luggage trailers used for leisure travel reasons and so do not apply to exceptional vehicles including but not limited to panel sided vehicles, trailers (other than those listed on our Taking your trailer page) and any other vehicles designed for the carriage of goods regardless of whether you are booking for commercial or leisure reasons.

Any booking for a freight type vehicle where the cargo differs between outbound and return journey will be assessed as a commercial freight movement and charged accordingly.

Passengers who are travelling with personal or household goods, who are moving themselves should carefully review our moving house page. Passengers travelling with commercial goods carried in private vehicles or vans requiring documentation and presentation to Customs and Excise will be charged as freight.

For further details regarding commercial vehicles and goods enquiries please use the following information or visit our freight website

Conventional Ferry Freight Bookings
Tel: 01481 728620 Fax: 01481 728521 or email

Fast Ferry Freight Booking
Tel: 01481 728620 Fax: 01481 728521 or email